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Wed, Apr 2 | By Annabella Asvik | 178

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- A major dilemma of many animal loving shelter employees is the inability to find alternatives to euthanasia. A California shelter aims to change that, and by doing so set an example the world can follow. Mike A… more ›

Calif. Group Brings Life-saving Model to Global Shelters
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Ihatesnow
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Ihatesnow
5 years ago

Great to read about new ideas for helping animals

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

A surfing competition...now that's thinking outside the box!

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

It is great that they are sharing their information and ideas. It would be great if more shelters could get training and help others out too. The more awareness and education there is, the better it is for everyone.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

Great ideas!

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Great program!

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Walt E.
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Walt E.
5 years ago

A trining center for shelter workers, great idea

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Heather E.
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Heather E.
5 years ago

I think it is very important for shelters and rescues to share ideas and work together. Kudos to Mr. Arms.

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Stacy M.
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Stacy M.
5 years ago

I am glad they are tring to save every life but that is going to be very hard to do but i support them. Arms is a good thing.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

We are always looking for new ideas in fundraising! Also, their website provides a very good video on their facility.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Any alternative to euthanasia is a good one.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I'm so happy to hear this. I went to school near Rancho Santa Fe and (many years ago) the area relied heavily on a very old fashioned pound.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Yes, every shelter does what it can. Small shelters may need to spend most of their time raising funds to stay in business

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Susan P.
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Susan P.
5 years ago

The goal is get as many animal out as possible but into good homes. Its so hard in an inner city to find enough good homes so advertising and posting is so important

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

Our shelter is a no-kill.Our manager does a lot of advertising in local papers,and phone/computer work.We are also active in young peoples education of the shelter's problems and goals.No we don't have any TV ads,but we do find good,quality homes for our cats and dogs.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
6 years ago

Finding innovative ways to bring the plight of shelter animals to the public is important. It may be marketing 101 as the previous post suggests but how many shelters are having the success he is having? There are a lot of very good people taking care of shelter animals, we need to help them by finding equally good marketers and fundraisers so we can, ultimately, put the shelters out of business. No more stray or unwanted animals, no more shelters.

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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Good point.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
6 years ago

He certainly brings nothing new to the table. It is publicity and marketing 101 and finding creative ways to bring the animal to the attention of the public.
Sorry Mike- I am not impressed but I applaud your efforts to place more homeless animals. That is a goal for all of us in the field.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

Wow thats great!

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lindsey c.
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lindsey c.
6 years ago

great story- heart warming. I think we could all learn a lesson from them. =]

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

What a great program. We can learn alot from them.

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Janet R.
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Janet R.
6 years ago

They are setting the bar for all other shelters to follow. The goal is to decrease and then totally eliminate euthanasia. Good for them!

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Sydney  S.
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Sydney S.
6 years ago

That is great! Saving lives is our number one prioritey.

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Alexis93
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Alexis93
6 years ago

this is wonderful

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

What a great program!! It is nice to read about such good things happening with this instead of the sad stories I have been reading.

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Mumzy
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Mumzy
6 years ago

im glad that animals are being treated fairly

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Janet V.
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Janet V.
6 years ago

I believe all animals are created by God for a reason and they deserve to have a life as we do. They give us unconditional love and we should give back to them our love, compassion and care.

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Marilyn D.
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Marilyn D.
6 years ago

I couldn't agree with you more. It's great there are people like Mike Arms out there willing to go the extra, extra mile.

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Sarah B.
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Sarah B.
6 years ago

Mike Arms is a great asset to the animals there. I am going to save this article & ask my local shelter if their employees can attend the next conference. No kill shelters is the way to go. We should all strive to get our shelters to that point! More power to Mike. What a great guy for doing what he believes in with such passion.

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Peggy
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Peggy
6 years ago

What a wonderful guy! A hero.

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rebecca k.
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rebecca k.
6 years ago

this is great!! =]

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Kittypassion
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Kittypassion
6 years ago

This is great. It should be a federal law that no animal be put down in shelters or pounds or anywhere unless it has been approved by a panel of vets, no-kill shelter management due to illness or aggressiveness that can't be tamed.

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Tabitha H.
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Tabitha H.
6 years ago

What a great story. This guy is amazing. I wish more shelters took a cue from him and went to no-kill. It can be done!

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Andrea J.
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Andrea J.
6 years ago

wonderful

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Blanchec
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Blanchec
6 years ago

What a wonderful story and so refreshing after all the other terrible things we hear and read. Mr. Arms is one of the true Guardian Angels here on earth.

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Rach D.
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Rach D.
6 years ago

I love that they're utlilizing the media to save lives, and teaching other shelters how to make the most of their local outlets and fundraisers. It's great that they're sharing their knowledge with others, and working to improve shelters across the globe to eliminate the need for euthanasia in doing so.

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George P.
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George P.
6 years ago

First of all, I love any shelter who helps other shelters. They are teaching how to improve. You can take the information and use it or not. But they are offering it.

I love the surf a thon. that is really cool. What a great story.

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Karoline
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Karoline
6 years ago

I love this program and I wish more shelters implimented it! They should be contacting shelters and schools or homes for disabled children and adults. I would bet that many would be interested in having a therapy pet or two in their facility. Anyone who owns a pet can testify to the therapy a pet can give just by being themselves.

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Kim E.
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Kim E.
6 years ago

Finally a story about someone who is trying to save animals, not shot them, or throw them off a bridge. A great big Thank You for all that you are doing! Keep up the good work.......

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Himilover
6 years ago

Kudos galore to Mike Arms & HWAC for really making a difference in animal rescue. If only one "humane society" switches its focus to "rescue and placement" then all the work is well worth the effort! I'm going to find a way to get some of our rescue workers to training at HWAC some time this year. Thanks for all of your hard work on behalf of the thousands of homeless animals who are just waiting to be someone's beloved pet.

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Tonyshuman
6 years ago

i think putting shelter animals on tv really helps to get them adopted.

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Katie C.
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Katie C.
6 years ago

KUDOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Donna M.
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Donna M.
6 years ago

This is a fantastic idea. Kudos to HWAC. I hope the idea spreads like wildfire.

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k r.
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k r.
6 years ago

God Bless People who care!

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Sherri B.
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Sherri B.
6 years ago

Everyone needs a hero like this in their shelter. I glad to hear of something so wonderful. I hope one day I can do something as wonderful.

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Irineyuma
6 years ago

Good luck to this people.
It is so wonderfull to help to the pets with kind and human methods.

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Michael S.
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Michael S.
6 years ago

I hope they succeed

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Louise W.
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Louise W.
6 years ago

great people and great work!

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Kirstin T.
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Kirstin T.
6 years ago

This group sounds great. They seem to have a lot of great fundraising ideas and education ideas. I love the idea of a day camp to teach kids about animals.

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Joanne N.
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Joanne N.
6 years ago

This is a great program! Our shelter is very poor in comparison, but does some very cool things too. Linda (the director) is on TV every Monday morning, with an adoptable pet and information on fundraising. They have all kinds of activities to get the community involved and ususally, the community turns out!

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bell o.
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bell o.
6 years ago

I think it is a great program we need to be educated for sures cuz so many people do not know and think its just getting a dog and there is so many that breed the dogs to sell (this is my opinion) about bringing more animals into this world it is sad so many sufferings and homeless abused pets already here and so many that are euthunized, When I first became a pet owner I did not know any better and I wanted my furgirl to have puppie cuz I figured they would be so adorable but once I started watching how so many dogs suffered in the tv, internet, real life,when I first visited a shelter I cried and wanted to bring all those dogs home they just look at you like pick me take me with you so I did research and educated myself. so yes this is great what they are doing and the price is a lil steep but pets are worth it!and it is better than buying from puppy mill,breeders ect.

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Thebillpayer
6 years ago

Wow...valuing our animals...what a "no brainer" idea that seems to be working. I hope they don't see so many numbers that they can no longer handle the load. We still need to educate everyone about spaying and neutering our animals.

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

What a great program, since they are toughing nations across the ocean from us. I concur they should charge a moderate price for these sweet creatures so they do not end up in the wrong place.

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